Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is a major injury doubt heading into this evening’s game against Wolves. The Brazilian missed the 2-0 win over RB Leipzig last week with a knee problem and he is facing a battle to be fit for the game at Molineux.
Second choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is in a similar boat. The 22-year-old has been out with an abdominal strain since mid-February, having last appeared on the bench for the first leg of the Champions League tie against Leipzig. He is expected to have a late fitness before tonight’s match, along with Firmino.
The rest of Liverpool’s injuries are long term. Captain Jordan Henderson is estimated to be out for up to ten weeks with a groin problem, meaning a return before the end of April is unlikely at this stage. The midfielder picked up the injury in the first half of the Merseyside derby defeat versus Everton last month.
News on Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez’s comeback is even less promising. Manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that neither centre-back will play again this season, with both also unlikely to make the European Championships in June.
Van Dijk is ahead of Gomez in his recovery, with the Dutchman already back running during his rehab stage, but the expectation is that they will only be fit for preseason and not any earlier.
Joel Matip is the player, however, who has made the least progress. The defender injured ankle ligaments in January and Klopp has revealed the player is still wearing a protective boot, despite the fact that it has been six weeks since he picked up the problem in the 3-1 victory over Tottenham.
One positive, though, is that there are now only six players out of action; the lowest number since the opening months of the campaign.